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To become a certified teacher in Florida, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.

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Florida Teacher Prerequisite Coursework

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All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. The Florida Department of Education has information on prerequisite coursework for over 40 different subjects . Here are Florida’s undergraduate prerequisites for some of the most popular specialty areas:

  • Elementary Education:
    • Plan One: A bachelor’s or higher degree with a major in elementary education which includes teaching reading at the K-6 level, or
    • Plan Two: A bachelor’s or higher degree with thirty (30) semester hours in elementary education to include the areas specified below: (a) Courses in teaching reading in grades K-6 to include each of the following: 1. Understanding the reading process and effective reading instruction, 2. Recognition and assessment of reading problems, and 3. Prescription and utilization of appropriate methods and materials to increase reading performance; and (b) Courses in each of the areas specified below: 1. Content and methods for teaching writing and language arts in grades K-6, 2. Content and methods for teaching science for grades K-6, 3. Content and methods for teaching social science for grades K-6, 4. Content and methods for teaching health education and physical education for grades K-6, 5. Content and methods for teaching art for grades K-6, 6. Content and methods for teaching music for grades K-6, 7. Content and methods for teaching mathematics for grades K-6, and 8. Materials for use in grades K-6 such as children’s literature, multi-media materials, library materials, and the computer as an instructional tool.
  • Secondary English/Language Arts:
    • Plan One: A bachelor’s or higher degree with an undergraduate or graduate major in English, or
    • Plan Two: A bachelor’s or higher degree with thirty (30) semester hours in English to include the areas specified below: (a) Credit in English composition and grammar beyond freshman English, (b) Credit in speech or oral interpretation, and (c) Fifteen (15) semester hours in literature.
  • Secondary Mathematics:
    • Plan One: A bachelor’s or higher degree with an undergraduate or graduate major in mathematics,
    • Plan Two: A bachelor’s or higher degree with thirty (30) semester hours in mathematics to include the areas specified below: (a) Six (6) semester hours in calculus, (b) Credit in geometry, (c) Credit in probability or statistics, and (d) Credit in abstract or linear algebra,
    • Plan Three: A bachelor’s or higher degree with specialization requirements completed for physics and twenty-one (21) semester hours in mathematics to include the areas specified below: (a) Six (6) semester hours in calculus, (b) Credit in geometry, (c) Credit in probability or statistics, and (d) Credit in abstract or linear algebra.
  • Secondary History/Social Science:
    • Plan One: A bachelor’s or higher degree with a major in social science, social studies, history, political science, geography, sociology, economics, or psychology.
    • Plan Two: A bachelor’s or higher degree with thirty (30) semester hours in social science or social studies to include: (a) Six (6) semester hours in United States history, (b) Courses in the areas specified below: 1. Western civilization or European history, 2. Asian, African, Latin American, or Middle Eastern history, 3. Economics, 4. United States federal government, 5. Geography, and 6. Sociology or psychology.
  • Secondary Science:
    • Specialization requirements for biology: Plan One: A bachelor’s or higher degree with an undergraduate or graduate major in biology, or Plan Two: A bachelor’s or higher degree with thirty (30) semester hours in science, to include twenty-one (21) semester hours in biological science with associated laboratory experiences, or Plan Three: A bachelor’s or higher degree with specialization requirements completed for chemistry, earth-space science, or physics and eighteen (18) semester hours in biological science.
    • Specialization requirements for chemistry. Plan One: A bachelor’s or higher degree with an undergraduate or graduate major in chemistry, or Plan Two: A bachelor’s or higher degree with thirty (30) semester hours in science to include twenty-one (21) semester hours in chemistry with associated laboratory experiences, or Plan Three: A bachelor’s or higher degree with specialization requirements completed for biology, earth-space science, or physics and eighteen (18) semester hours in chemistry.
    • Specialization requirements for earth-space science. Plan One: A bachelor’s or higher degree with an undergraduate or graduate major in earth-space science or earth science, or Plan Two: A bachelor’s or higher degree with thirty (30) semester hours in science to include twenty-one (21) semester hours in earth-space science or earth science with associated laboratory experiences, or Plan Three: A bachelor’s or higher degree with specialization requirements completed for biology, chemistry, or physics and eighteen (18) semester hours in earth-space science or earth science.
    • Specialization requirements for physics. Plan One: A bachelor’s or higher degree with an undergraduate or graduate major in physics, or Plan Two:. A bachelor’s or higher degree with thirty (30) semester hours to include twenty-one (21) semester hours in physics with associated laboratory experiences, or Plan Three: A bachelor’s or higher degree with specialization requirements completed for biology, chemistry, or earth-space science and eighteen (18) semester hours in physics.

Florida Teacher Preparation

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Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program. The Florida Department of Education endorses a variety of teacher preparation programs, including Education Preparation Institutes, certification programs run at select colleges and universities.

Alternative Certification

Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. For more information on Florida alternative teacher certification click here.

Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship. While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers exclusive to the State of Florida, visit our Florida Teacher Scholarships page.

Florida Teacher Reciprocity

In most situations, Florida will accept teaching credentials for all states and United States territories. Contact the Florida Department of Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

Florida Teacher Salary

  • Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Florida provides differential pay for teachers teaching in high needs schools and for teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Florida has limited/weak induction policies in place
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: The average elementary school teacher in Florida makes $49,820
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: The average secondary teacher in Florida makes $52,640
  • Average Public School Teacher Salary: The average public school teacher in Florida makes $46,938. District- and level-specific Florida public school teacher salaries, along with more precise vacation information, are available through the Florida Bureau of Educator Recruitment, Development, and Retention.
  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Florida makes 133% of the salary of the average worker in Florida
  • Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: The average teacher in Florida receives 15 weeks of vacation per year

Applying for Certification

Application Requirements

The Florida Department of Education mandates that all potential teaching candidates submit a completed application package in order to begin the certification process. A completed application must contain the following:

  • Completed application form. Applications may be completed online or in hard copy form. (Hard copy forms can be found at your local school district office.)
  • Non-refundable processing fee ($75 per subject)
  • Official transcripts from accredited college/universities
  • Copies of teaching certificate(s) from other U.S. states/territories (If applicable)

After your application has been submitted and evaluated, you will receive an “Official Statement of Status of Eligibility.” This statement is valid for three years. The purposes of this document are twofold:

  1. To officially state whether or not you are deemed “eligible” by the state of Florida to obtain a temporary or professional certificate in your requested subject area.
  2. To provide you with a customized list of requirements, tailored to your subject area, which must be completed to receive full state certification.

Fingerprinting

Individuals who wish to be employed in Florida public schools are fingerprinted through the school district’s personnel office. Individuals who are employed through non-public Florida schools are required to complete a fingerprint card clearance. The completed card and $54.50 processing fee are to be submitted to the school’s administrator. Background checks are done on a state and federal level by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI, respectively.

Apply Online

Teach in Florida

Teach in Florida is a statewide job bank geared toward potential educators seeking job opportunities in the state of Florida. The database allows users to search for open positions throughout Florida public schools, enables teachers to upload their credentials, and allows schools and districts to view their credentials directly.

All users are able to view job openings, but you must sign up for the search engine in order to take advantage of all the services. Registration with Teach in Florida is free, and instructions can be found here.

Contact Information:

      Florida Department of Education

      Teacher Certification Office

      Turlington Building, Suite 1514

      325 West Gaines Street

      Tallahassee, Florida 32399

      (800) 445-6739 – Email

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